Topic: Last meal at Te Papā Mission Station (1864)

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In 1829 Tauranga missionaries brought furniture from England which included an oval table around which British officers dined on the eve of the battle of Gate Pa. The missionaries named their home 'The Elms' after a grove of elms which were later cut down.

On 28 April, 1864, the eve of the battle of Gate Pa, all the officers not on duty dined with Archdeacon Alfred Brown and his wife, Christina, around the oval table still in the dining room of the mission house.

After the meal Brown administered Holy Communion, then everyone joined in singing the hymn Abide with me, accompanied by Mrs Brown on the small piano.

The next day all their guests were killed, except for Dr William Manley, who received a VC for his bravery during the battle.

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Last meal at Te Papā Mission Station (1864)


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